The North Kingstown Water Department will continue flushing hydrants in the above referenced areas. Because of the nature of the work, it is not possible to predetermine how long flushing of any given area of will take. Water Department crews will be flushing from 7:30 AM to 3:30 PM daily.

This work is being done as part of the Water Department’s semi-annual water main and fire hydrant preventive maintenance program. Flushing removes sediment that normally accumulates in water pipes that could produce bacteria and discoloration if not removed. Flushing is an important component of North Kingstown’s system maintenance plan.

Customers should be aware of the potential for dirty and discolored water while mains are being flushed. This is a temporary situation. The water may also be cloudy due to air entrapped in the water. All water system users are cautioned to check the water for clarity before use. Should you experience dirty water, simply wait for a period of time and it will clear up. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause our customers and appreciate your understanding. Anyone having any questions can call the NKWD at 268-1521 or 268-1522.

Mission Statement

It is the duty of the Department of Water Supply to provide water of adequate quality and quantity to our customers and to ensure that the Town water supply meets water quality standards as defined by the Safe Drinking Water Act.

Water Supply

The water supply for the Town comes from 11 gravel-packed groundwater wells located in the Hunt-Annaquatucket-Pettaquamscutt Sole Source Aquifer.

Groundwater Forum

View the report on North Kingstown Groundwater Resources Forum (PDF).


The North Kingstown Department of Water Supply is a municipally owned and operated water utility providing both domestic water and fire protection to a population of approximately 24,000 people.

Distribution System

In addition to the municipal wells, the Department is responsible for maintenance of a distribution system consisting of: 

  • 5 storage tanks
  • 2 booster stations
  • 1,045 fire hydrants
  • 177 miles of distribution piping 


The Water Department is operated as an Enterprise Fund, meaning that all funding comes from user fees. No tax dollars support the Water Department. The department employs 13 full-time and one part-time employee. 

Staff Licensure

All Water Department staff, with the exception of two (2) clerical positions, must maintain Rhode Island Drinking Water Operator Licenses in both Distribution and Treatment.

Onsite Wastewater Treatment System Inspections

Locate a qualified Town Approved OWTS inspector (PDF).